Crunkle Sam | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 05-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red body with brownish tints and minor head and lace. I pick up figs, booze (bourbon), wood, caramel, toffee and other sweet malts in the aroma along with hints of dark fruits. The body is thick, smooth, the booze does come out as there is a little heat. Malts are centerpiece as the sweetness from caramel and toffee, maybe figs, is prevalent but a good bit of balance from dry, citric hops gives this beer a varied taste profile. Maybe not a barleywine for everyone with extra hops and alcohol dialed back for style but it's pretty good.

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Photo of timjr2500
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ok, I admit, Clown Shoes beers have not been one of my favorites. I keep on trying them, my co-workers love them and I respect their beer knowledge and tastes.
I have liked most of the Clown shoe brews I have tasted, but the one thing that keeps me in the drak is the aftertaste. I cant put my finger on it, but its just something I do not like.

Crunkle Sam was an good overall Barley Wine. It had all the major ingredients into which a good beer should be. It had a nice nose, the mouthful was big, in fact very big, there was a nice balance between malt and alcohol,

But still in the end there was something I just did not like Its not been with just one clown shoes but most of those I have tasted

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of RyanCFriedrich
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled On 05/30/14

A: Pours a tawny amber/mahogany color with less than an inch of head that reduces to a fine layer of bubbles

S: Quite malty with big notes of fruity hops, sweet caramel, and estery alcohol. Nicely layered and complex

T: Starts off with a big malt presence, a bit of candied hops with some fruitiness, and some dark fruit notes as well. Goes into the caramel sweetness towards the end, which hides the alcohol very nicely. Some bitterness throughout, but it's overtaken by the maltiness and actual hop flavor. Finishes with some raisiny notes and more of the maltiness

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: A nice American barleywine that is good to sip on. The alcohol sneaks up on you, as it's barely detectable under all the maltiness. Pretty good price-point as well (relatively speaking), at $8.49. Certainly worth a try

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Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark orange, with a 1/2 finger off white head, which fades to a small ring of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel, citrus, citrus zest, and toffee.

Tastes just like it smells with caramel, citrus, citrus zest, and toffee. Nicely balanced with plenty of hops, and sweet malt to provide balance. The alcohol is well hidden for an 11.00 % abv beer, and is not noticeable.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a citrus and caramel malt aftertaste. Easy to drink, and worth trying for sure.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of EGreen
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice raisin candied yam, and how I don't know.. You may think this is crazy... But ice cream. Maybe its because its hot outside... Anyway... Very malty caramels and toffee. Raisin, prune, blackberry, plum(yes prunes are dried plums but the flavors are different), and somewhat syruppy... Now, not the maple, but if you've ever made syrup at home and tasted before adding any flavorings... Yeah, that. Mild hops on the finish. Bigger bodied and very representative of the style

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Photo of dmachado
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Nick4444
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BB1313
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/8/14. This beer was originally dry-hopped with Citra, but this year it was dry-hopped with Chinook. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark glowing brown, lots of haze with a small tan head that fades and leaves nice retention and solid lacing. It has that classic barleywine aroma. The hops seem to take a backseat in the nose, but are slightly noticeable. Some fresh dough. Tons of toffee and butterscotch. Some chocolate. Lots of caramel malts. Some orange peel in the mix. The flavors seem to have alot going on. After a few sips, it's clear that this is a sipper and heavy beer. What else would you expect for the style though? Flavors are full of more of the usual suspects like caramel and toffee. Lots of chocolate notes. Some hints of citrus. Orange and lemon is definitely in the mix. Possibly some grapefruit along with some fresh berries. Fresh pine needles are there. This isn't boozy, but there's a noticeable warmth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. Ultimately smooth. Robust brew, which once again makes for a great sipper.

This is a straight forward and very solid example of the style. Well crafted. It becomes redundant at times. I almost want to say it eventutally becomes a chore to drink, but that's simply not the case. Good stuff, but nothing mind blowing.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10.99 bomber on sale for about $8.99. Bottled 5/09/14 and poured 6/6/14 into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Aggressive pour gave almost a beer-bottle brown, but with a bit more red, and two fingers of a frothy light brown head. Slight haze. Looks pretty phenomenal, really. A bit of lacing but not that much.

Smell: True to the style, which is quite triple IPA-y, if that were a thing. Just smells massive with a lot of hops, malt, and a bit of "warmth" as well. That meaning that while I don't specifically smell alcohol, it's pretty apparent that this beer is simply dangerous. Caramel malts and citrus fruits are really what I'm getting here though. A lot of orange really shines through as the beer warms up.

Taste/feel: Well, that sure is initially abrasive. Moderate sort of mouthfeel all around with texture and carbonation. I keep thinking that maybe a heavier feel would be better, but thinking about it some more, it'd likely make this beer too cloying, hence the 4 rating for feel... it really suits this particular beer very well. There's an alcohol flavor and warmth that's there beginning to end with a lot of drying. The booze also warms up your belly in a hurry, as it should at 11%. A LOT of sweet malt, with only a middle-of-the-road sort of hop bitterness at the end. Mostly citrus with a lot of orange and grapefruit qualities on the tongue. Not quite as bitter as some other American Barleywines I've had in the past, but there is definitely a quick little amount of bitterness that spikes at the end of each sip and lingers momentarily. This may actually be a decent choice for someone who doesn't like American Barleywines a WHOLE lot, but is open to some fruity flavors other than dark fruits in their Barleywines.

I've never been all that huge on American Barleywines, and this beer isn't exactly changing my mind. It's not bad, but it's not quite blowing me away. Looking at this beer objectively, it really does hit everything it ought to for the style, though. It's got a very nice malt profile, it's generously hopped (while not being insanely bitter), and the alcohol's (likely deliberately) not hidden all that well. It's hard not to appreciate this beer. Pretty dangerously drinkable. I recommend it.

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 474 ratings